Basson Laubscher and the Violent Free Peace has given a new lick of paint to dirty rock ‘n roll and brought sexy back with their new album Testify. By using darkly ornate, literary-minded, self-consciously verbose blues rock ‘n roll they have exceeded expectations with this bad boy.
With their sophomore album, Anthelia, Bottomless Coffee Band expands on what they’ve done before; but they’re also more sharply focused. The Cape Town-based husband-and-wife duo defines the album title, Anthelia, as “the ability to see beauty in everything and everyone around us,” and the title track builds on that idea, with lines like “through all the weakness, you seem to see something good in me,” sung in strong male-female harmonies.
The Amblers may be a newly revamped band, but their competent blues-rock sound easily confrim them as the local duo that’s got us most excited at the moment. They just dropped a debut EP, The Dustling Man…
I won’t lie, I approached this review with some trepidation, as I don’t think I’m the target demographic for this album, being an English chick who primarily listens to rock and metal. However, Piet Botha has released a very listenable album in Die Middernagtrein. There are one or two songs that miss the mark for me, but music is quite a personal thing so please feel free to disagree with me.
Just like the game, Them Dirty Shrikes has taken a gamble with their debut EP Heads or Tails… and it’s paid off.
I thoroughly enjoyed Critical As Water – Jeremy Loops’ latest album. Most of the songs find you bobbing your head along without even realizing it. I really can’t find much to criticize about this album. It might be my own musical tastes creeping in, but I’m picking up a few Newton Faulkner influences here and there, as well as a subtle hint of Ed Sheeran.
When it comes to rock ‘n roll there are certain groups that have left permanent marks, whether it was in the Hall of Fame or simply just on our hearts. Either way, we cannot ignore the major impact that the genre has made on previous generations and those still to come. Now as a lover of rock, I am always looking for new music. But when I don’t find anything to my liking, I am forced to go back into the archives and search for the classics. Upon a recent search I came across an instrumental progressive rock band known as the Kings of Improg. The band recently released their debut album titled Henosis, which has completely blown my mind.
Lost&Found have given birth to a mystical album… Yes, we are talking about Snakes & Ladders!
The alternative rock duo is made up of Glenn Hodgson on guitar and vicious vocals, and Jason Oosthuizen on backing vocals and dangerous drums. Glenn previously played for The Parlotones and Jason for The Black Cat Bones and Van Coke Kartel, among other projects. These two well-known musicians have not taken the easy road whilst in the delivery room, they made it work nonetheless; The album took 11 months to write and they did this all while touring the country… Impressed? Well wait until you hear the album!
New Joburg indie rock band Frame Janko is hitting the SA rock scene hard with their debut album tiled Eyes on Fire!
For those who might not know, Mike Shinoda is one of the members of Linkin Park – whose lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, recently commited suicide. While he’s performed with Linkin Park and Fort Minor, and helped produce the music of other artists, this EP is Shinoda’s first solo musical offering under his own name.